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An Improper Arrangement review ☆ 103 À Experience the drama of the Little Season in the first of a new series by USA Today bestselling author Kasey Michaels in which three dashing war heroes have finally met their matches Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom As if his new responsibilities weren't enough GabExperience the drama of the Little Season in the first of a new series by USA Today bestselling author Kasey Michaels in which three dashing war heroes have finally met their matches Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom As if his new responsibilities weren't enough Gabriel's aun. Originally published at Reading RealityThis story is for the birds Not in the slightly pejorative sense that the phrase is usually used but literally This historical romance pretty much gets its story stolen by a flock of birds That the ton gets its collective pocketbook emptied by those same birds and the nobleman who is ahem hawking them just adds to the funAn Improper Arrangement also rides or flies on the strength of the witty banter between its two protagonists Lord Gabriel Sinclair and Miss Dorothea Neville For a historical romance in the Regency period the relationship between Gabe and Thea is surprisingly eual They seem to have both thrown off the expectations of their class and positions and become openly and honestly friends which inevitably leads them to romance as it leaves them unsuited to the kind of spouse that they would normally findThea may be English but she was raised in America She is also as she often says “two and twenty” She is not a simpering miss fresh from the schoolroom and she is used to saying what she means and doing a good bit of what she likes She’s also a skilled fisherman fisherwoman and excellent with a bow She competes with Gabe and she often winsIn the battle of wits that ensues they are eually matchedBut what seems to be the central plot here is an actual plot Gabe and his friends want their bit of revenge against Henry Neville Why Because his very wet behind the ears son left them in Napoleon’s clutches instead of carrying a warning to the British and Russian armies And after the war while Gabe and his friends languished in a French military prison the aforementioned Henry Neville arranged for his cowardly little boy to get a medal for bravery of all thingsThea wants her own bit of revenge against Henry Neville He’s her father The father that she thought was dead while he deposited herself and her mother in America and returned to England to remarry without benefit of divorce and father the aforementioned “wet behind the ears” son In other words Henry Neville is a bigamist and his be medalled son Myles is a bastard and not heir to Henry’s earldomA lot of the story is about Gabe and Thea each planning their separate revenge while they draw closer and closer together with a huge secret wedged in between them Except that the secret isn’t really that secret The secret is that they know each other’s secret Yes there is sometimes an element of farce to this story but the banter usually carries it offCan they each give up their desire for revenge in favor of a future togetherEscape Rating B While the story of Gabe and Thea’s secrets and counter secrets is fun it is also a bit predictable What makes this story is the game that Gabe pulls on the entire ton That’s where the birds come inWhen Gabe’s great uncle Basil was merely the fifth son of the previous duke Basil and his wife travelled the world on his generous allowance and brought back exotic birds from every place they visited There are now over 100 exotic birds in Basil’s makeshift aviary at one of his estates Basil seems to be roosting there too right along with the birdsBasil became Duke by accident Actually by four accidents and he doesn’t want the title or the job He’s confined himself to his rooms waiting for death to overtake him just before his 60th birthday Thea convinces him to get out again by having Gabe threaten the birdsSo all the while that Gabe and Thea are driving each other crazy the birds are a constant source of tension and humor Gabe takes all the birds to London and runs a giant con on the ton making the birds the most fashionable thing ever so that he can get rid of them and make a profit And then skip town as the bird dropping pile upAll the while he keeps his best friend a cockatoo named Caspar who imitates the sounds that Gabe made as a boy crying all alone Gabe’s scenes with Caspar and Thea’s reaction to them are uite touchingBut while the birds often steal the show in this slight tale the story as a whole is just a lark

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T enlists him to sponsor a young heiress through London's Little Season Yet Miss Thea Neville is hardly the tedious obligation he expected She's exotic and enchanting and utterly unaware of the secret poised to destroy her family's reputation After ten years in America Thea is ready to do her duty and marry well D. 3 just okay but not uite what I expected or wanted stars I love this specific genre of romance because who doesn't love all the titles and going to a different time and country This story was interesting but it was missing a few things to make it great I found myself a bit bored and struggle to really focus on hitting the finish line I did like the characters because Gabriel was an interesting one and Thea was uite the American in England The two were interesting both together and apart but what I found lacking was their actually push towards the chemistry if that makes sense There was far too much of the book where I was waiting for something to happen and I knew I was waiting

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An Improper ArrangementEportment lessons modistes balls the ton is a minefield she could scarcely navigate without Gabriel's help By rights she should accept the first bachelor who offers for her Instead she's succumbing to a dangerous attraction to her wickedly handsome chaperone one that could unhinge her plans in the most delicious w. 35 Stars This was my first Kasey Michaels novel but it won't be my last I'll be reviewing book two in this series next week I was delighted to find such a smart humorous writing styleThe story has a fantastic opening scene with Gabriel Sinclair and the men who will be the heroes of the other books in this series awaiting Napoleon's surrender only to be ambushed by the French at what will become known as the Battle of Champaubert Some of them are wounded all of them are captured and all of them nurse a grudge against a young nobleman Myles Neville who was sent for reinforcements and never returned leaving the men to their fateA year later Gabriel is still seething over Neville's undeserved status as a war hero and hating Neville's father the Earl of Broxley for buying him the commission he was woefully underualified for So when his eccentric Aunt Vivian Duchess of Cranbrook returns from Virginia with one Miss Thea Neville in tow a plan for revenge begins to form Gabriel is uick to figure out that her last name can't be a coincidence though it seems Thea is unaware of her connection to Gabriel's enemy Though he suspects his aunt is playing matchmaker when she insists Gabriel suire Thea around during the Little Season he goes along determined to use her to his own benefit But he doesn't count on falling in love with the smart witty and refreshing beautyThea has left America for a fresh start Anxious to be out of her disapproving stepfather's home she's come to England hoping to find a suitable husband and start living her own life But Thea has ulterior motives of her own where the Nevilles are concerned and the infuriating yet sinfully handsome Gabriel Sinclair has no part in her plans But as she spends time in his company she comes to know the real man beneath the unaffected facade and though she believes any relationship with him can only end in heartache she cannot help but long to revel in it if only for a little while When Thea and Gabriel discover each other's secrets and that they've been using each other for their own benefit and to each other's detriment will they be able to put old grudges aside and reach for a happiness they never imagined could be theirs Or will their pride and desire for revenge tear them apartWhile I loved the setup the characters and the author's style my feelings on this book can be summed up in one line from an Elvis song A little less conversation a little action And you'll have that stuck in your head for the rest of the day now won't you I know I will While the flirtatious banter between Gabriel and Thea is sparkling and at times downright hilarious at some point you need to shut up and just do it already Their wordy foreplay carried on too long in my opinion and that caused the pacing to suffer And the subplot involving the drama with Gabriel's aunt and uncle he thinks he's dying; she's dying to resume their sex life just went on and on and on While some of it was entertaining it took too much time away from our hero and heroine This book could have been shortened by at least thirty pages and made a faster focused read But I enjoyed it enough to move on to book two A Scandalous Proposal featuring Gabriel's friend the intriguing Cooper Townsend I'm looking forward to wit and intrigue; I'll just be hoping for a uicker pace and focus on the romance